Fat is not the enemy! We’re constantly told to choose low fat this and fat free that but did you know that most fats aren’t as bad for you as you might think?
Even saturated fat, which was once thought to be the scourge of the devil, isn’t as bad for us as we thought in small doses.
Bad FatsFat is not the enemy
Some fats, however, are bad for us. The worst types of fat are trans fats. These are a by-product of hyrogenation whereby healthy oils are turned into solids and blasted to prevent them from becoming rancid. These trans fats have no known health benefits and there is no safe level of consumption.
Trans fats can be found in commercially bought baked goods like cakes, cookies and pies. They can also be found in most types of margarine, frozen pizza, doughnuts, chips and fried chicken. Typical eh, all the so called ‘nice things’
How to have healthy ‘nice things’
All the above tho are not bad for you if you make them yourself. Using butter or olive oil instead of margarine helps a great deal.
There is a saying that no junk food, fast food or treat is bad for you if you make it yourself from scratch because, at least, you know exactly what’s in it.
The Protein Factor Fat is not the enemy
But there’s also another way that fat is good for us. Without fat our bodies are unable to absorb protein which is vital for our health and wellbeing.
Healthy fats and proteins interact with one another in your body. Fat helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Protein is necessary for building and maintaining muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue.
Protein is the building block of your muscles. Therefore, eating good amounts of protein helps to maintain muscle mass and promotes muscle growth for strength training.
If we stick to a low fat/fat free diet it will have a detrimental effect on our bodies protein absorbtion and could cause us to lose muscle mass and lack vital energy.
So go ahead and eat the avocado that your eating plan told you was too high in points/syns or calories, don’t fret about putting a little butter on a jacket potato or making a salad dressing from actual real olive oil instead of buying one made from artificial stabilisers and thickeners.
Your body will thank you for it!
Lots of love